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Cisco and NBA All-Star Weekend – reshaping the fan experience

I had a great experience this past weekend at the NBA All-Star Weekend in Orlando, FL. The event included the NBA Tech Summit on Friday where a panel of industry leaders in sports, media and technology talked about current trends, what the future will look like and how customers are driving innovation through their use of technology. Not to mention the Slam Dunk Competition on Saturday and the Competitive All-Star Game on Sunday…maybe the most competitive ever! It’s not every day you see a dual between Dwayne Wade and Kobe Bryant that results in a broken nose.

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Media Content and the NBA – a Slam Dunk

As a 20-year fan of the San Antonio Spurs, I’m thrilled and honored to participate in this year’s NBA All Stars event in Orlando, Florida this weekend.

During a panel at today’s All Stars Tech Summit, we talked about the interplay of three great topics:  basketball, the power of online media content, and the impressive growth of Internet data traffic.

As a major player among sports leagues, the NBA has some impressive stats of its own to brag on: Read More »

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Watch the NBA D-League Score with Cisco WebEx [video]

Sixteen teams in different locations participated in this year’s NBA Development League Draft using Cisco WebEx as their connection to players and coaches to see and be seen! From California to Texas, to Nevada to Maine, everyone was connected either by computer or mobile device to experience the excitement of the draft.

The draft was held on November 3, 2011. It was a two hour event with eight rounds and a total of 128 picks. Participants joined WebEx from their homes, office and a few were at draft parties in restaurants. Those with webcams were able to share their reactions while others could watch from their computer or mobile phones – even iPads!

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Chris P. and NBA Legend Bill Russell Go One-On-One… ūmi Style

Palms sweaty, nerves tense, Chris P. steps to the screen. Eyes fixed intently on the 1080p HDTV in front of him.  Chris steps back, fires the first question at 12-time All-Star legend and NBA champion Bill Russell. Swish.  Sixty minutes and a lifetime’s worth of basketball knowledge later, Cisco made good on introducing Chris in Los Angeles with Bill Russell hundreds of miles away in his home via Cisco ūmi home telepresence.

You may recall Chris was the winner of our recent NBA Sweepstakes in which our online fans and followers got the opportunity to enter to win the chance of a lifetime – meet Bill Russell live via Cisco ūmi.  We got the chance to catch up with Chris and hear what he had to say about the experience.  For starters, Chris had the same experience that many others have when they first try out ūmi. “I didn’t even realize I was in his house until he moved around and I saw the photos on his wall.”  On the man himself, Chris was effusive with praise, noting “He was very easy to talk to and makes you feel like he’s someone you’ve talked to before. Very casual.


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Announcing the Slam Dunk Winner of the Cisco ūmi “Meet an NBA Legend” Sweepstakes

Last month, we partnered with the NBA to give our online fans and followers the opportunity to enter to win the chance of a lifetime – meet NBA legend Bill Russell Jetson-style on home telepresence system Cisco ūmi. In addition to a conversation with Bill, participants were also entered to win a ūmi telepresence system, plus one year of free service, for them and a friend! We’re excited to announce Chris P. from Los Angeles as the winner of our Meet an NBA Legend Sweepstakes! We’re looking forward to a great conversation between Chris and Bill.

Wondering what questions Chris is going to ask a twelve-time All-Star Champion? Here is one of his questions “What was the driving force that helped you win 11 NBA Championships and 2 NCAA Championships?”

Like Chris, we are also giving our online community the chance to come up with a question of their own for Bill. Comment on this blog post with what you would like us to ask him on behalf of our online fans and followers. We’ll select the best one and let you know how Bill responds.

After the sweepstakes meet and greet, Chris can access his video messages with the new Cisco ūmi mobile app, available now for iPhone, iPod touch, iPad, and Android devices! This new feature is an easy way for ūmi subscribers to access their video messages and recorded videos on the go.

Thanks for entering and don’t forget to check back in on Facebook and Twitter for future promotions!

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